Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein is a wonderfully written and illustrated juvenile biography of one of the most famous scientists of all time. The book explores Einstein’s life from his birth in Ulm, Germany through his boyhood school days in Munich to his time becoming one of the preeminent and most brilliant men in history.
The book does not steer away from controversy: it addresses his violent temper, his bouts with Anti-Semitism, and his difficult relationships with teachers who had trouble dealing with the boy genius. Near the end, there are two paragraphs that succinctly wrap up the message of the book. The first explains that for scientists, Albert’s discoveries mean the photoelectric effect, the theories of relativity and atomic energy. The second states that for the rest of us, they mean automatic door openers, television, space travel and atomic energy!
This is a great book for young readers who would like to find out more about this brilliant and conflicted man.